Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Stranger - Megan Hart

I pay strangers to sleep with me. I have my reasons….

But they're not the ones you'd expect.

For starters, I'm a funeral director taking over my dad's business. Not exactly the kind of person you'd expect to fork over cash for the lust and urgency only live skin-to-skin contact can create. Looking at me, you wouldn't have a clue I carry this little secret so close it creases up like the folds of a fan. Tight. Personal. Ready to unravel in the heat of the moment.

Unsurprisingly, my line of work brings me face-to-face with loss. So I decided long ago that paying for sex would be one of the best (and arousing) ways to save myself from the one thing that would eventually cut far too deep.

But Sam was a mistake. Literally. I signed on to "pick up" a stranger at a bar, but took Sam home instead. And now that I've felt his heat, his sweat and everything else, can I really go back to impersonal?

Let's just hope he never finds out about my other life.…

WOOO HOOO! My second erotica and boy did I pick the right gal! ;o) This book was HOT! Its filled with steamy sex that leaves you panting just as hard as its characters! MH hits the nail on the head with this one!

You meet Grace. Grace cant have a serious relationship due to the fact that she works at a funeral home and sees constant death all around her. She sees wives without their husbands, husbands without their wives and parents without their children. So in order to keep her 'needs' at bay Grace hires a rentboy to satisfy her hunger. Everything was going fine until one night she mistakenly makes it with a 'Stranger' that isn't quite who she thought it would be.

In enters Sam. Hes staying at a local bar/hotel and sees a pretty hot girl getting hit on and trys to save her. Things get interesting when she seems a bit TOO thankful. But Sam doesn't mind b/c there's something about Grace that he just cant get enough of. After all is said and done Grace leaves him in an abrupt manor that leaves him very confused.

Weeks later when the two meet again under different circumstances they are forced to undergo the hardships of staying away from each other. For obvious reasons Grace doesn't want a relationship with a man she THOUGHT was her man-whore but Sam is just too damn persistent! Will Sam get what he wants...even when Grace caves will he be able to get past her prior actions?

One thing I liked about this book...ok the MAIN thing was that there was a true storyline! Ive only read one other Erotica book so I guess I really cant speak for everyone but my overall gist of Erotica's is that the main objective in the book is to get you all hot and bothered! lol Which hey that's cool with me...BUT I would love to have a compelling story along with it. And let me tell you that you will be getting one here! I swear I laughed, cried, AND got totally hot in this one little book! The relationships were honest and real as any Ive ever read about! One particular touching scene was when Grace had to pick up the body of a 4 year old boy...OMG I CRIED! She totally felt for the family and the boy who layed upon her table being done up b4 his funeral. That was a major breaking point for Grace in this book...she calls Sam...it was great!

Another great thing (and actually a bit of a hang up as well) about this book was Grace's main gigolo Jack. OMG JACK! Jack is new to the biz and she shows him the ropes. He soon gets the hang of it and starts taking the lead. OMG does this man have some hot lovin' going on! *Sigh...ok here is my issue. You meet Sam in the beginning of the book...they part...she meets Jack and they actually get somewhat of a relationship/yet not a relationship going. She crushes on him and him on her. You really fall fro Jack hard and so does Grace. I get where maybe MH was trying to show she falls fro Jack but just not enough to forget Sam but I felt she didn't dive STRONG enough into it b/c Sam wasn't really a forefront in her mind even when she was with Jack. Then they break it off and she goes after Sam. Idk the breakup broke my dang heart and I felt horrible for Jack. I felt I got to fall for Sam...sure...but actually not as much as I did for Jack. Sam came back into the story after it was over half way through. Idk I needed more Sam time!

The last thing I should mention would be that I really enjoyed all the side stories. Side stories and the fillers of books. To me they are very important b/c without them you would just have the two main characters ALL THE TIME! Therefore you would get annoyed by them and get bored quickly! In Stranger you get Grace with her family- Her sister has two kids and a hubby who actually kinda seems useless. Shes going through a rough patch and is stressed to the max.
Graces dad- Her dad is having a hard time letting go of his business and leaving Grace to running it without his pointers is driving him insane. He goes through her books and actually at one point finds out about her 'spending habit' with her men! Also you get Jared and Shelly- The two workers of Graces funeral home that end up falling for each other and bring drama into the work place.

Snib Bit~

Sam licked and kissed and stroked me. He used his mouth and hands, but he used his words, too. Sam was a talker. The things he said should've sounded ridiculous, but coupled with the gentle seduction of his lips and toughen they only sounded beautiful.
"I love the way you taste. I love the way you sound. I love the way you move. I love the way you say my name, just like that.
I love you.

So all of these great things seamed together make this book a delicious pick for youre erotic desires! ;op

I give this book a total of...



Nicole McLaughlin said...

Holy cow...must read! I've missed you....MUST-CHARGE-PHONE!!!!! LOL

September 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Yes! Its actually a good book! lol After the shock of Colters Woman (which was good but...diff)I wasnt sure how often Id read Erotics but MH will be a must read for me now! Ill mail it to you if you want?!?! Miss you too btw Lo)

September 8, 2009 at 7:29 PM
Cecile said...

OMG... doing the happy dance that you loved this story!!! This is my by far by favorite book.... of all... of all Meg's!!!! I love this book... And yes, I did fall for Jack... I was even rooting for him!!! But Sam... oh my gosh... Sam!!!! Yum-me!!! Yes, I love that it is an erotic story with a real story!! A real story!!!!!
Gosh I love this woman and her writing!!!!

September 8, 2009 at 7:51 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

LMAO! Youre too cute Cecile but I really get your excitement! It was a good book! I always thought Erotica's wouldn't have a great story in them but boy was I wong...Oh and something I forgot to add in my review...how about that cover! YOWZA!!! HOT MAMMA! The position is HAWT and I feel like I peeking in on the action! Yum!

September 8, 2009 at 8:08 PM
Isabel said...

i love megan hart. Read broken. I love that one.

September 8, 2009 at 9:12 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ya Im gonna have to read that one! Thx for the recommendation!

September 9, 2009 at 3:35 AM
Stacy~ said...

I won this book from Megan and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Mostly because with the 2 previous MH books I've read, you have to be in a certain frame of mind. Megan Hart is just an amazing writer, taking something ordinary and making it beautiful. I think I'm going to have to move this up on the tbr pile now ;)

September 9, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

YES YOU MUST! The cool thing about this book was that it wasnt too much ya know?!?! Was there a ton of hot sex...yes but it wasnt TOO in your face! I love MH and want try try more of her books ASAP!

September 9, 2009 at 6:07 AM
Erotic Horizon said...

I loved Stranger - everything and everyone in it....

Of all these sets of Hart book this is my fav - the emotional aspect within the protags life after dark was well presented...

One story line that was most real for me - was Grace's relationship with her father, I thought that entire story line was so real - I cannot see anyone not thinking, this could be me and my dad...

Wonderful review..


September 9, 2009 at 6:21 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Thx girl! Ya this book seemed to make you feel all sorts of emotions. Im hearing nothing but great things about MH and cant wait to read Broken, Tempted, Deeper, Pleasure and Purpose...ok pretty much all of them! ;op

September 9, 2009 at 6:54 AM
Tracy said...

I've only read Broken by MH but I really liked it. It was an emotional roller coaster though and more than a little heartbreaking. This one sounds much lighter. I think I own Dirty...I'll have to check that one out to. :)

September 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ive heard Broken was superb! BUT I can only read really emotional stories if I'm in the mood! lol Ya this one was light enough not to drag you down! Let me know what you think! ;o)

September 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM